Ohhhh it’s been quite some time since I’ve written a post. Of course, why not restart by giving my thoughts on the 4th Season of “Homeland”? Stop reading now if you haven’t watched the first episode of Season 4.
Man, where to begin?
“There isn’t even a diagnosis for what’s wrong with you.”
Carrie’s sister just nailed it on the head. The episode opens with Carrie in Kabul, Afghanistan- not in Istanbul, as we were told at the end of Season 3. I would like to immediately point out that she seemed stable. YAY. (But hah, then we see her down some Ambien with white wine. Never change Carrie, never change.) We find out that she’s in Kabul overseeing some drone/bombing program and working with a chief of station- some sketchy guy named Sandy Bachman- in Islamabad, Pakistan. He seems to have some intel on “some guy on a hit list- Haissam Haqqani-“. What that list is… I’m not sure. He gives the okay to Carrie to bomb the area where they assume the bad guy is, but *WAH*! apparently they bombed an area where some civilians were having a wedding. Just a side note: I kinda hate the fact that they made the US look so incredibly bad because they did kill some civilians. That’s going to happen, even Carrie acknowledges this. No one wants it. EVER. (Sorry for sounding heartless. Am I turning into Carrie?) But this is just politics as usual. But we kinda get to the point that we, in the very least, got the bad guy- BUT there’s the nephew of the bad guy, Aayan Ibrahim who survived the bombing. What shall the CIA do? Track that kid down. Poor kid (maybe?) gets trapped in the middle of things when his not so nice roommate from med school posts on the internet an actual video from Aayan’s phone from the wedding. Like I said, gets trapped in the middle. Anyway, we also find out that Quinn (!!!!!!!!!) is back in the game, not in Kabul, but Islamabad, working with the sketchy Sandy. And then our favorite guy, Saul is back. Well, in the private sector in NYC- not the CIA. But we of course still find out that he is still obsessed with all things CIA. Then somehow, we find out that sketchy Sandy has some sort of asset (perhaps ‘X’ in Sandy’s text messages) in Islamabad, and then BOOM, he’s taken away and killed- although Carrie and Quinn try to save him. I feel like there’s some double agent stuff going on here. You never know with “Homeland”. After this second screw up, Senator Lockhart (UGH I HATE HIM) asks Carrie to come home, which freaks her out to no end because she doesn’t want to take care of her kid.
Then…….. Part 2: Trylon and Perisphere.
After many times that Quinn has killed people doing black-ops, he is just torn apart because of this loss of Sandy. He then turns into a Carrie. FO REAL? He downs a bottle of what is probably vodka and sleeps with some rando lady that works at the hotel where he’s staying. Quinn, pick up some of Carrie’s happy drugs- YOU NEED THEM. Unfortunately, I lost a bit of time with this part of the episode due to the fact that my internet kept messing up. Of course, Sen. Lockhart was all, “CARRIE YOU SCREWED UP YOU’RE STAYING IN D.C. FOREVER NOW!!” She’s all, LOL no. She wants to be back in the action; in Islamabad. Then, lets just add in another sketchy guy, Jordan Harris. He also worked in Islamabad but got sent back to D.C. for reasons unknown. Side note: while my internet was down, I questioned, “where is Fara this season???” Anyone? Bueller? Next thing I know I see is Aayan with what looks like some sort of medicines for shots (??) and he asks one of his girl friends- Kiran- to hold on to them while everything that’s going on in his life dies down. Oh, then hey, isn’t it a splendid idea to take your child to see Brody’s old house? We had some close chin quivering action- but not totally. Then the next thing I see is Carrie royally screwing up as a mother and trying to drown her child. GET IT TOGETHER, CARRIE. [Random thought from this- it reminded me from a moment when she was in "Little Women" and she had some chin quivering when holding a baby that was sick with something- which in turn made her sick. Y'all remember that? Like I said, random thought.] Internet goes down again: Dar Adal is back chatting it up with Saul. I still have this love/hate relationship with him. Carrie does her crazy thing again and stalks down Jordan Harris and it turns out that Lockhart (HATE HIM!!!) had him moved to the “archives” because he knew about some leaks of Sandy being a double agent. Internet down again: Carrie cons her way into going back to Islamabad, because, duh, she can blackmail Lockhart for treason. I wish I had her gumption. And then her sister of course tells Carrie that she is 100% selfish for leaving her kid, Franny.
Soooo….I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the “2 hour” (It wasn’t 2 hours. Such lies.) season opener. But, let’s just be happy that there were no Brodys whatsoever. Especially happy that Dana didn’t show up. Hallelujah.